It’s an unavoidable reality that Dad is physically separated from the pregnancy. Other than placing his hand on his partner’s belly to feel their baby kick and wiggle, and more intimately during lovemaking (and yes, you can definitely make love during pregnancy if it feels good for both of you!), he is mostly a ‘witness’ to the miracle that is happening – the growth of his and his partner’s child.
So for many men, ‘pregnancy’ is pretty short, and is largely taken up with thinking about after the birth, not labour itself. Some men simply avoid thinking about the upcoming labour and birth, because lacking knowledge of and experience with it, the thought can be overwhelming.